Pike County Woman Hospitalized in Jasper Crash

A Pike County woman was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment and a Daviess County man faces charges after the two were involved in a rear-end collision with a semi on Jasper’s westside yesterday morning.

Jasper Police say just before 10 am, 62-year old Mary Pride of Petersburg and 53-year old Bret Graves of Washington were both traveling westbound on State Road 56 approaching Kluemper Road.

Pride told police she had slowed her cross-over SUV because a vehicle in front of her’s was slowing to make a left-hand turn onto Kluemper Road. Pride told police the car in front of her had it’s left hand turn signal on well before the turn and when she stopped, her SUV was struck from behind by Graves semi.

Graves however told police he could not see the turn signal of the vehicle in front of Pride noting he felt that car stopped suddenly to make the turn.

Graves could not stop his rig in time to avoid colliding with the rear of Pride’s vehicle. Graves’ semi ran off the right side of the roadway after the collision struck an earth embankment.

Pride complained of pain to the chest and was taken by ambulance to Memorial for treatment while Graves suffered a bruise to the elbow and lower arm.

10-thousand dollars damage reported to Graves’ semi while Pride’s SUV suffered 3-thousand dollars worth of damage.

Graves was cited for following too closely to avoild a collision.